June 23-30, 2021 – Lake George, NY
Wed, June 23, 2021
We checked in at the Wednesday Lake George Farmer’s Market located in Lake George Village at the beautiful Shepard Park on Canada Street, a prime location in the heart of the Village overlooking the lake. Here are several tents with local produce, plants, meats, and homemade crafts from regional farmers and vendors. We purchased a cutting board/chopping bowl that was crafted by a very talented women who spends time in Lady Lake, FL in the winters (not very far from our home).
We picked up lunch in a local deli-coffee shop and ate on the shores of Lake George in Shepard Park. What a fantastic place!
After lunch we went to Hovey Pond Park in Queensbury for the maiden flight of Joe’s drone. Joe had a blast learning some of the intricacies of flying. Now he needs to integrate flying and photographing and videoing together. Finding legal locations can be difficult in some places. The FAA’s free B4UFLY mobile app provides live maps that show the different airspace types and restricted areas, as well as special alerts. Some drone controller apps (such as DJI’s which Joe has) also have access to detailed information on flight restrictions.
Thu, June 24, 2021
The 190 foot long Lac du Saint Sacrement is the largest cruise ship on the inland waters of New York State. We went on a two-hour sightseeing cruise on Lake George. Narration provided information and history about the lake, mansions and estates. The weather and Lake were both fantastic again. We met some nice folks vacationing from NY and had a great conversation.
Once docked, we decided to have lunch at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing.
The Sagamore Resort on Lake George is a landmark hotel that dates back to the 1880s. Secluded on a private 70-acre island just 60 miles north of Albany. The resort’s history began in 1883 when Myron O. Brown was inspired to build an exclusive resort community in the Adirondacks with luxurious Lake George accommodations. We had a nice outdoor lunch at the Pavilion overlooking the lake and gardens.
Fri, June 25, 2021
We hung around the campsite this morning and made a trip into Hudson Falls to check out the town. The Village of Hudson Falls was named after the Hudson River, which stretches all the way south to New York City. A quarry once provided stone for the construction of both the Bennington Battle Monument and even the Brooklyn Bridge!
We found Ginny Rae’s Diner and had a fantastic late breakfast. Back at the site we spent time with the pups and enjoyed the outdoors in 78 degree weather!
Sat, June 26, 2021
We met up with John Hale and Kelly-Ann Morgan, friends from MOSN in Polk City who are also staying at the RV Resort. We drove to Fort Ann to walk a short hike to Shelving Rock Falls. The trailhead is about a 30-minute drive drive from the campsite. Shelving Rock Falls is a very short 3/4 mile hike, and to reach the trailhead requires driving several miles on a gravel road. Once at the falls we watched a dog frolic in a stony pool at the base. It was a nice outing and everyone enjoyed the walk. We decided to use the backroads and avoid the tolls of I87 and trek down to Saratoga Springs, a hub for thoroughbred horse racing and home of the Saratoga Race Course. We drove by the course and were able to view parts of the track from Union Avenue which was lined with beautiful historic mansions representing a wide variety of 19th and 20th century architectural styles.
We spotted an eatery called Scallions and since everyone was hungry from the hike and drive we stopped in. Scallions design was based on works from local artists and was a refreshing place to dine. The food was a little eclectic but everyone found something tasty. The French Onion soup was fantastic!
We took the back roads home again and enjoyed the beautiful countryside. We relaxed at our campsites and joined each other again later in the evening at one of the two small theaters to watch a movie, First Man, a story about Astronaut Neil Armstrong. The four of us were the sole audience.
Sun, June 27, 2021
We had a FaceTime breakfast with Brian and Bella. We started this “tradition” during COVID to be able to have our breakfasts together. It worked out quite well and we had great conversation while we ate our respective breakfasts!
Went into Glens Falls to the Price Chopper grocery store and did a bit of shopping to restock a bit and so Joe could make dog food for Lucy and Claire.
We caught up on some cleaning and laundry and headed to the movie theater for another movie, The Marksman. The movie was okay even with having to manage several rowdy youngsters!
Mon, June 28, 2021
John, Kelly-Ann picked up Marcy and I, with plans to go to A Trail Across the Treetops. We stopped at Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course thinking we were there however we did not realize that it was an hour-and-half drive further. We took a few pictures in very big chairs and elected not to do the adventure course. Our next stop was the Natural Stone Bridge & Caves. Their website says, “ In summer, walk the self-guided and above-ground nature trail to witness this spectacular display of ancient Adirondack geology. Our rustic stone-step and gravel trail features the old Sawmill Site Waterfalls, Artists’ Gorge, incredible potholes and of course several surface caves. Descend into lighted caves and grottos with raging water or tranquil dark pools.” We spent several walking the trails and paths exploring the area. We all enjoyed this outing very much.
We were now hungry and set our course for Lake Shore Drive to find an eatery beside the lake. We stopped at the Algonquin Restaurant and had a nice late lunch on the patio overlooking Lake George. After lunch we traveled Lake Shore Drive into Lake George Village heading for the campground. Along the way we discovered Lake George Battlefield Park and drove through and read the information signs about battles that took place in both the French & Indian War and the Revolutionary War. It was very interesting. This was the end of a fun day!
Tue, June 29, 2021
This was a rainy day so we did some work around the coach and then got together with John and Kelly-Ann and played Hand & Foot and RumiCube. This evening we went to the RV Parks French Mountain Playhouse and saw ‘IllusionQuest’ With Illusionist David Garrity. The show was quite good.
Tomorrow we will be on our way to Grand Island, NY (Niagara Falls).
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Upcoming Trip Schedule
Wed, June 30, 2021
Grand Island, NY
BRANCHES OF NIAGARA CAMPGROUND AND RESORT
We’ll spend 2-nights here and tour Niagara Falls.
Miles from last stop: 338
Fri, July 2, 2021
Ohio Turnpike Vermilion Valley Service Plaza
The plaza has overnight parking for RVs/Travel Trailers.
Miles from last stop: 248
Sat, July 3, 2021
South Haven, MI
Sunny Brook RV Resort
We will spend a week at Sunny Brook exploring the South Haven area and eastern Lake Michigan.
Miles from last stop: 277
We loved Lake George and camped in that area just about every year we lived in NY. You passed right by where we lived for over 25 years when you got off Rt 84 to get on the NYS Thruway north in Newburgh. If you’re ever in that area again I’d highly recommend a visit to West Point, which is only about 20 minutes from that intersection. There’s a KOA nearby that people seem to like a lot.
Enjoy the rest of your trip! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures. We’re supposed to be camping in Crystal River next week to go scalloping, but there’s a hurricane on the way so we’ll see.
We definitely will be back. Good to know about West Point. Stay safe!